The Ebene Quartet performs at the Herbst Theatre 

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  • French connection: The Ebene Quartet, a string ensemble from Paris with interests including jazz as well as classical music, performs a concert.

Who’s in town

Novelist, poet, translator and award-winning journalist Achy Obejas speaks at the San Francisco Public Library. “Ruins” is her most recent novel. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


George Dyson:
The science historian talks about the 20th-century scientists who, in their government-funded Princeton lab, started the digital universe. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Patient care: Health care innovators and experts share their perspectives on patient-oriented health care. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Art talk: Three members of the younger generation of artists featured in the exhibition “Photography in Mexico” discuss their work. [7 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

Cara Black:
The novelist talks about “Murder at the Lanterne Rouge,” her latest Aimee Leduc mystery. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Larry Smith: The Smith Magazine editor, joined by contributing authors, celebrates the release of “The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Readers Cafe and Bookstore hosts its Thursday poetry series. Angelina Llongueras and Yvonne Cannon are this week’s poets. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Kuchar salute:
“Living in Studio Kuchar,” an exhibit celebrating the late filmmaker George Kuchar, opens with a reception (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and campuswide celebration (7:30 to midnight). [San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films:
The program features “Atomic Mom” (2010), a documentary about two women affected in different ways by the atom bomb. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library,  100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Radar Reading: The series showcases emerging and underground writers. This month’s authors include Lorna Dee Cervantes, Nate Lippens, Miranda Mellis and Eileen Myles. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library,  100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

French connection:
The Ebene Quartet, a string ensemble from Paris with interests including jazz as well as classical music, performs a concert. Featured composers include Mozart. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Women’s gala: The International Museum of Women hosts its 2012 Celebrating Change benefit, a gala tribute to women in technology. Google vice president Marissa Mayer is the event’s honoree. [6 p.m., City Club, 155 Sansome St., S.F.]

Women’s summit: Global Arts and Education and Women’s Intercultural Network host the 2012 International Women’s Day Summit and Awards Luncheon. [All day, Westbay Community Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St., S.F.;]

Banjoist and band: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones perform in San Francisco. Fleck is a Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso whose music contains bluegrass, jazz and other elements. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Royal Exchange: Owner Mike O’Brien serves American, San Francisco and pub-style fare at this sports bar and restaurant. Salads, sandwiches and entrees are available, and the burgers (flame-broiled patties of ground Angus chuck, in most cases) are a favorite. Varieties include “Bear Market Burger,” “Bull Market Burger,” turkey burger, portobello mushroom and “The Works.” [301 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 956-1710]

Literary events

Warren Paul Harris:
The photographer presents “Texas as I See It: An Intentionally, But Only Slightly, Twisted View of the Lone Star State.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

New bookstore: Locally based publisher Chronicle Books celebrates the opening of its third retail outlet. [6 to 9 p.m., Metreon, 165 Fourth St., S.F.]


Alt rock:
Twin Atlantic, an award-winning band from Scotland, appears to promote its debut album, “Free,” the U.K.’s top-selling independent British rock album of 2011. [9:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]


Opening night:
The 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival gets rolling. The world premiere of Quentin Lee’s “White Frog” leads things off. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.;]

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